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 (shä′mə-nĭz′əm, shā′-)
1. The animistic religion of certain peoples of northern Asia in which mediation between the visible and spirit worlds is effected by shamans.
2. A similar religion or set of beliefs, especially among certain Native American peoples.

sha′man·ist n.
sha′man·is′tic adj.
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Adj.1.shamanistic - of or relating to shamanism
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In the past, the Nenets' song tradition was intimately linked with shamanistic ritual, and the author goes to some lengths to describe this activity, drawing again from historical sources.
Across the Pacific, on American shores, Native Americans from numerous national and kinship groups, grew their own healing traditions, broadly shamanistic and likewise earth-based in rich herbal pharmacopeias, which were borrowed and shared with one another along lines of trade and cultural exchange.
The stories were deliberately shamanistic and enigmatic; they sought not to explain but to perform the Truth in a sort of religious rite, and they present narrators as attempting to decipher arcane and magical texts, riddled with gaps and ambiguous signs, and exposed to various kinds of slippage and mutation.
In this modern day and age, it is not easy for foreigners to meet shamans or see shamanistic rituals, even if they try to.
Recorded live at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles as part of the 'Summer Nights at Moca" concert series from 1998, this CD captures the shamanistic music of percussionist/bandleader Bobby Matos & the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble.
So it is, that the quills of the porcupine have come to carry the same spiritual significance as the porcupine himself, protective shamanistic qualities that ward off harm, similar to the magical power of a tortoise shell.
The find, the officials said, could provide a glimpse of daily life -- such as the raising of dogs -- during the Jomon period, a pre-agricultural phase in Japanese history lasting some 8,000 years and known for its semi-sedentary living and shamanistic practices.
There's always been a shamanistic aspect to Harvey's work.
There was nothing ingratiating about this artist; he wasn't setting out to please us with a gender illusion, instead preferring to confuse all sensibilities with a freakish, sometimes humiliating gender fuck made even more threatening by Bowery's shamanistic infliction of pain on himself: His costumes, cheek piercing, and preshow enemas made performance extremism not an illusion but a painful reality.
In contrast to this magical, almost shamanistic progression, at Malmo all is open, clear and generous.
Relating Beowulf to shamanistic typology, he sees the figure of Beowulf as 'the free-soul of the poet' who is attempting 'to conjure and expel, from the sensibility of this audience, the besetting cultural demons of Anglo-Saxon society' (p.
Torgovnick emphasizes the shamanistic qualities of Fossey's passionate obsession with saving the gorillas she studied from native African poachers, rather than her troubling tendency to value her apes over the native Africans whose land she was occupying, which many people believe resulted in her murder.